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Funeral of radio astronomer Sir Bernard Lovell

Sir Bernard Lovell Photo: PA

The funeral of radio astronomer Sir Bernard Lovell, will take place today.

Sir Bernardwas the founder and first Director of The University of Manchester's Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire. He helped build a 76 metre telescope - famous throughout British science and engineering.

Sir Bernard Lovell Credit: PA

During the Second World War, Sir Bernard led the team that developed radar allowing aircraft to map the ground for which he was awarded the OBE.

Sir Bernard returned to Manchester in 1945 and began using former military equipment to scan for cosmic rays.

The equipment he set up suffered so much interference from the electric trams on Oxford Road that he moved it to a university botany site at Jodrell Bank, where it remains to this day.

The Lovell Telescope still plays a key role in world-leading research on pulsars, testing our understanding of extreme physics including Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity.

The funeral service will take place at St Peter's Church in Swettenham at noon. For information visit the Alan Finneron Funeral Directors website.

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